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Old 06-04-2015, 06:24 AM
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500$ quote for both valves covers

Hey guys, so i have a sweaty valve cover...was quote 500 for parts and labour to do both. The v8 has two correct?
is this a fair price
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Old 06-04-2015, 07:25 AM
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Hey guys, so i have a sweaty valve cover...was quote 500 for parts and labour to do both. The v8 has two correct?
is this a fair price
I'll do it for $450

But seriously, never go to that mech again. Assuming by "sweaty" you mean leaking, its a fairly simple fix. Yes, the V8 has two, and you will not need to replace the covers themselves. Just the valve cover gaskets.

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Old 06-04-2015, 10:43 AM
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I'll do it for $450

But seriously, never go to that mech again. Assuming by "sweaty" you mean leaking, its a fairly simple fix. Yes, the V8 has two, and you will not need to replace the covers themselves. Just the valve cover gaskets.

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So 500 is too much? Yes there is a leak. Thanks for your reply.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:51 AM
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So 500 is too much? Yes there is a leak. Thanks for your reply.
$500 is too much just replace the leaking gaskets. Its not a very difficult job, you could do it yourself. I posted the DIYs above and a link to parts. $40 for a set of affordable ones, $80 for genuine BMW.
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:48 AM
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If you DIY make sure the covers have not warped. Did the price include replacement covers or just gaskets?
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Old 06-04-2015, 01:17 PM
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I'm not sure actually, I Don't beleive there is any warping..but was told it was a 2-3 hour job
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I'm not sure actually, I Don't beleive there is any warping..but was told it was a 2-3 hour job
even if your mechanic was charging you $90 and hour, with $80 authentic BMW parts, and it took 3 hours, it would be $350. I'd ask him what parts he was using and how much he was charging you for them
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it would be original bmw parts, he's a BMW mech. His rate is 90 i think actually. i will double check it may have included belt swap as well.
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Is this something I need to go to a BMW mech or can any mech do this
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I would trust any mech to do this. IMHO its a home repair job but if you're not confident with your skills that's totally understandable. The only thing I worry about with indie mechs is the lead foot they use with not-their-540i's
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:43 PM
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Going to do it myself, just looking at some online stores..being in canada limits my selection...ECS wants almost 40 bucks for shipping...just because i bought a 20 year old 5 series, doesn't mean i hate my money
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:55 PM
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Omg wow... If you were local id do it for 50$ lol.


But really. Just do it yourself!!!! its almost too simple.


Just go super slow, savor the satisfaction of doing it yourself for penny's and clean everything!!!!!
Change the plugs while at it for 24$ and when its done you will know the car better.


Its an extremely straight forward and logical procedure with little difficult in the way of access.
Just a basic socket set and a few hours.
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+1. Just check, clean and photograph as you go. Make notes and keep 'like function' bols and fasteners together. I use small plastic food containers to 'group' nuts and bolts. When you run out of fasteners the job is complete!! Always check for missing or wrong items and try to replace them.
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Old 06-05-2015, 08:36 AM
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thanks guys! was able to order both sets for 88 bucks shipped off Ebay. As per plugs, i believe they are recent, but i will double check that for sure
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